WILTON, CT — The town Health Department, in conjunction with the Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County, will be holding a Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinic this year on Oct. 10-11 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. Those wishing to receive a flu vaccine must register in advance and schedule an appointment. Vaccinations will be given to Wilton residents only.
The flu vaccine clinic will be held outdoors as a drive-thru clinic at Miller Driscoll School, due to coronavirus considerations, and so eliminate the need for disinfecting the school building afterward. Masks will still be required, and safety precautions will be in place to promote a safe and healthy environment for everyone. No walk-ups will be allowed, only those driving through with an appointment will receive a vaccination.
The flu vaccine clinic entrance will be from the Belden Hill Road side of the school, and all vehicles will exit onto Wolfpit Road. Motorists may experience some minor traffic delays in that area on those days, and residents not receiving a flu vaccination are encouraged to seek alternate routes. For safety reasons, access to school grounds will be restricted to vaccinations only on those days.
“All residents are encouraged to get a flu vaccine this year, especially with the prevalence of COVID-19,” said Barrington Bogle, the director of the Wilton Health Department. “Seasonal flu and COVID-19 symptoms may appear similar, though they may affect the body differently. Receiving a flu vaccine will help reduce your risk of contracting the flu this season, and also reduce the strain on hospitals and medical systems which continue to treat COVID-19 patients.”
Wilton residents are encouraged to make their flu vaccination appointment online here, register early, download the form, fill it out, and bring it with them to their appointment. Some forms of insurance, including Medicare will be accepted along with a self-pay option. At this time, only adult dosage and high dose vaccines are available. For children’s vaccines, the Health Department recommends contacting a pediatrician.
This article originally appeared on the Wilton Patch